BEL AIR, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) Judith Krantz, 91, bestselling author of popular fiction, died of natural causes at her home in Bel Air, Calif., Saturday, according to publicist John Tellem.
Krantz’s books, including “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy,” sold more than 80 million copies and translated into 50 languages, and she was also a columnist for Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping.
She was born Judith Tarcher in New York City and graduated from Wellesley College, starting her career writing for Good Housekeeping, where he became the fashion editor. She would write articles for several magazines over the next three decades.
Her first novel, “Scruples,” reached the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list in 1977. It was adopted into a CBS miniseries in 1980 and the novel’s followup, “Princess Daisy,” earned Krantz a $4 million advance.
Her memoir, “Sex and Shopping,” was published in 2000.
She spent her later years supporting the arts scene of Los Angeles and served on the board of the Los Angeles Music Center. She contributed to the public library, which has its fiction section named in her honor.